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03/03/2007 03:40:38 AM · #1
Speed Challenge: Full Lunar Eclipse

The next total lunar eclipse will take place on 3 March 2007 and will be at least partly visible over the eastern Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and western Australia.

I know this will not include all countries represented here, but Speed Challenges in the past have not been available to everyone.

I guess at the very least, we could shoot for the Red II challenge - since a Full Lunar Eclipse is described as a blood red full moon.
03/03/2007 03:55:11 AM · #2
Great idea :) Most people will see something of the eclipse.
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Message edited by author 2007-03-03 04:35:01.
03/03/2007 04:28:53 AM · #3
Very interesting...
03/03/2007 05:01:14 AM · #4
I'm trying to get a grip on where to go to try to see this. Looking at the graphic, it looks like I would be trying to find an east-facing view (from the east coast of US), is this correct?
03/03/2007 05:05:17 AM · #5
Sounds good to me! If I recall correctly it will happen at 3 am CAT. I'll be up for it!
03/03/2007 05:07:00 AM · #6
Yup...I am in the invisible range...that'd be about right...lol!
03/03/2007 05:08:27 AM · #7
I am in! ... I got 6 hours of it directly over my head (totality for about 1 hour 15 minutes! ... :)

... now ... if only the clouds part ... :(
03/03/2007 05:09:12 AM · #8
Originally posted by Judi:

Yup...I am in the invisible range...that'd be about right...lol!


So you live on Australia's butt? :P
03/03/2007 05:12:22 AM · #9
Wish I was back in South Africa - right in the best possible range from the graphic below.

I went out this evening and practiced a little.

478399.jpg
03/03/2007 05:12:54 AM · #10
Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by Judi:

Yup...I am in the invisible range...that'd be about right...lol!


So you live on Australia's butt? :P

ROFLMAO !!!
03/03/2007 05:19:20 AM · #11
Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by Judi:

Yup...I am in the invisible range...that'd be about right...lol!


So you live on Australia's butt? :P


Bite me!
03/03/2007 05:20:00 AM · #12
Oh and Howzit....the Red challenge is mine...hehehehe!
03/03/2007 05:22:10 AM · #13
Expert editing to be able to use more than one frame?


03/03/2007 05:24:02 AM · #14
Originally posted by Judi:

Oh and Howzit....the Red challenge is mine...hehehehe!

Not fair! Although redheads rock!
03/03/2007 05:25:50 AM · #15
Originally posted by howzit:

Wish I was back in South Africa - right in the best possible range from the graphic below.

I went out this evening and practiced a little.

478399.jpg


I'll try and get a good shot for the both of us.
03/03/2007 05:31:17 AM · #16
Originally posted by howzit:

Originally posted by Judi:

Oh and Howzit....the Red challenge is mine...hehehehe!

Not fair! Although redheads rock!


You had better believe it.
03/03/2007 05:34:40 AM · #17
Originally posted by Azrifel:

Expert editing to be able to use more than one frame?


Oh yes, must be expert editing.
03/03/2007 06:10:58 AM · #18
Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by yanko:

Originally posted by Judi:

Yup...I am in the invisible range...that'd be about right...lol!


So you live on Australia's butt? :P


Bite me!


I don't think Hanneke would appreciate you confusing me with her.
03/03/2007 07:54:49 AM · #19
I am not sure how this will work. Do we post to this thread, or will there be another one? I hope to get some shots, but we do have an issue with clouds tonight. Now last night, that was clear with just a few interesting clouds on the outer edge of the moon.
Another question, how do you get such large images of the moon? I have used my zoom lens and still only get a teeny dot in the image. I noticed that the moon shot posted here was taken with a 300 mm zoom, which is what I have, but I can't get a nice full frame image. Is there a trick, or do you just crop the heck out of it?
03/03/2007 08:11:01 AM · #20
Originally posted by JunieMoon:

I am not sure how this will work. Do we post to this thread, or will there be another one?

Is there a trick, or do you just crop the heck out of it?


the Op is sugessting that this be made an official challenge.

and yes i usually crop the hell out of it:)
03/03/2007 09:27:17 AM · #21
Originally posted by LindaLee:

I'm trying to get a grip on where to go to try to see this. Looking at the graphic, it looks like I would be trying to find an east-facing view (from the east coast of US), is this correct?

Linda, if you live in the zone of visibility (see map), anywhere you can see the moon is a good place. For those of us in the US, totality will end shortly after the moon rises, so you'll want to be someplace with an excellent view of a flat eastern horizon - no trees, houses, buildings, etc. Put yourself where you have the best chance of seeing the moon very low to the horizon. Not only will you see the deeply eclipsed moon - a very rewarding site in and of itself - but you'll also have a chance to photograph it with interesting foreground objects for better photographic composition.
03/03/2007 09:47:36 AM · #22
Try spaceweather.com for more info about times and locations. On the US east coast it will be total at moon rise, 6:21 PM eastern time, right at sunset.
I guess exposure values will be shoot manual and look at the LCD. I am guessing ISO 400, 1sec at f4 or about that. That seems to work good for the dark part of a new moon. Here's a shot of the new moon at that exposure, then lightened just a little. It was shot at 95mm, and cropped to about 1/8 of the orij.

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Message edited by author 2007-03-03 10:36:58.
03/03/2007 10:45:48 AM · #23
Here's an interesting photo-op of a lunar transit (NOT a solar eclipse) shot from the STEREO B spacecraft. The lunar disk appears so small because the spacecraft is about 4 times more distant from the moon than the earth is, so the moon appears about 1/4 the size as it does from Earth. Very cool!

linky

This is the Astronomy Pic of the Day for Saturday, March 3.
03/03/2007 11:12:06 AM · #24
I'm planning on an evening hike to see this... they said that it will be most visible in the Eastern US around Moonrise/Sunset. So I'm going to a dark area with an awesome sky view (and I'm guessing I won't be alone).


03/03/2007 11:13:02 AM · #25
Sure... For those people who actually have telephoto lenses!
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